Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Musically speaking

Progstreaming.com is a nice resource, particularly if you enjoy that genre of rock music, which is also an amalgam of other genres like jazz, classical, and so forth.  It's free to use like Pandora, and has several albums on it to check out in their entirety.  I'm currently listening to the above album, Ut Gret, which has sort of a jazzy, tropical vibe to it, that I enjoy. 

The Ancestors’ Tale features ten tracks, four of which are between seven and nine-minutes, the rest being in the four to five minute range. Looking at the instrument line-up you would be right in guessing that the music relies a lot on jazz and classical structures and approach. As such these compositions jump from one musical idea to the next. They continue to experiment along the way incorporating moments of free-form sonic experimentation, loosely structured musical bridges and so forth but they usually manage to pull it all back at some point to the compositions core melody.

 Line-up
Jackie Royce - bassoon, contra-bassoon, flute
Stephen Roberts - piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron, mallets, samplers
Gary Pahler - drums, percussion
Steve Good - Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Joee Conroy - fretless bass, guitars, Chapman Stick, electronics
   With
Cheyenne Mize - voice, violin
Sydney Simpson - double bass
Gregory Acker - saxes, flutes, percussion

 Given the unique woodwind instruments there is a bit of a Gentle Giant or Gryphon musical feel that surfaces once in a while although here the performance pulls even more from the jazz or classical idioms. In amongst all those instruments, the Mellotron is quite prevalent and fans of the instrument will enjoy its use in a number of compositions.

This is a short documentary on the San Francisco band, The Residents.  They are one of the weirdest bands that I know of, not that I always reach for their music often.  I'll put on one of their albums  ever so often and it will last me a while.  They came out during the punk era as I recall, though they don't fall into that category.  They are more avant garde, experimental, non-commercial, and just in their own uncharted territory.  That said though, they can be pretty fun when you're in the mood.  

The first thing in this video is Joel Hodgson = Instant win.
 
I stole that above riff from one of the comments off YouTube.  :-)

Tonight I listened to a seven-part Lost Interview with Frank Zappa.  He's also a noted musician that has been known to play odd music.  Odd is not really a great way to describe his music, however, as it is very broad in scope covering doo-wop, jazz, big band, classical, blues, humor, and some songs that are rather taboo smashing in some of their lyrics.  I still find his music as fresh and forward thinking as it always was.  What I find amusing about his music though, is when people like to think they are pretty open minded musically, and try to impress you with some new band or some heavy metal nonsense, or the next big thing, all you really have to do to trump their discovery is just play something by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention like their Freak Out album, or Absolulely Free, or We're Only In It For the Money, and they'll get a dazed look in their eye, and act like they bit into something bitter and sour. Ha.  And so it goes...

That's the first part of the interview, and you can find the other parts on YouTube if interested.  There's no music, just him talking about various subjects. 

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